Mike Signorile scorches N.C. Sen James Forrester on-air - destroys 'rationale' for the anti-gay amendment
Big kudos to friend-of-the-Blend Michelangelo Signorile. He somehow convinced NC Senator James Forrester, the sponsor of the job-killing, anti-LGBT amendment that we face, to go on the air with him (big, big mistake, Forrester).
The man, obsessed with homobigotry, filed an amendment bill 8 years in a row, only to watch it die in committee under Dem control in the NCGA. But now, under GOP leadership, Forrester finally he got his chance on the big stage and the measure passed without public debate, and no challenge from legal scholars. That's transparency at work.
As you might have predicted, the interview lays bare just how ignorant and lacking in facts that pro-amendment forces are, and they are led by Forrester, a retired physician who hasn't any grasp of the facts at hand, and who recently said ‘We need to reach out to them and get them to change their lifestyle back to the one we accept’.
Via Think Progress:
The senator also couldn’t explain how same-sex marriage undermined the institution and even threatened to end the interview when Signorile asked if Forrester would be introducing legislation to ban divorce. “I can’t answer all these questions you have,” he conceded:
SIGNORILE: Why don’t you ban divorce, why not?
FORRESTER: That wasn’t my intent of the legislation.
SIGNORILE: Is divorce a good thing? I’ll ask you some yes or nos, how’s that? Divorce a good thing?
FORRESTER: I think I’m going to end this conversation right now because I see you’re completely negative, on the other side, trying to set me up.
Who's setting up this jack@ss? The sad truth is that this interview shows North Carolinians are capable of someone to represent them that is 1) incapable of defending his point of view under basic questioning, and 2) is well, unintelligent beyond reason.
Alvin noted this gem as well:
Earlier this month, Forrester made the claim that gay men have shorter lifespans than heterosexuals. Signorile challenges him on this (starting at 6:11) and when push comes to shove, Forrester can't back this up. Forrester initially says that his claim came from the Centers for Disease Control, but this is not true.
There was nothing "gotcha" about the interview. Forrester was prepared for the usual softball, polite questions that he receives -- as in no follow up to challenge his "facts." There's nothing negative about asking him to justify why marriage needs additional "protection" or what is the rationale behind this amendment other than he just doesn't like TEH HOMO.
Think Progress has the audio up in two parts.
Yet, as I said, there was no public debate; and now we will have voters determine the civil rights of a minority at the polls in May 2012. It's too bad that we can only show after the NCGA vote that the bigoted emperor has no clothes.
I do hope that someone makes a full transcript of this because it will provide a motherlode of content to use as we battle this amendment.
Learn more about James Forrester:
* The Dominionist Agenda of NC State Senator James Forrester
* NC: Gaston ‘Vote the Bible’ group under fire after bigoted town hall featuring anti-gay Sen. James Forrester
* NC: State senator refuses to meet with P-FLAG, NAACP after bigot eruption
* The gloves are off: Equality NC slams N.C. Reps. Stam, Folwell for misleading state lawmakers and the public about impact of pro-hate amendment
* Make this viral: anti-gay pastor Johnny “two locks” Hunter on the biology of protecting marriage
* The right’s persistent obsession with sex (NC Policy Watch)
* Pastor Donald “Faggot!” Fozard and Herald-Sun columnist rail about Council’s marriage equality vote
* The institutionalized homophobia that some lawmakers in NC want to see expanded
* NC: The Truth About the Discriminatory, Job-Killing, Harmful, Family-Unfriendly, Divisive, Anti-LGBT Marriage Amendment
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